County approves sewer improvements, cleaning

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said he’s committed to adding capacity to the county’s sewer lines. According to Thurmond, it’s been more than 50 years since DeKalb County cleaned its major sewer lines. “We believe the cleaning of these major sewer lines will allow us to recapture capacity and potentially reduce costs,” he said. “This […]

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Colin Kaepernick donation a big hit with local nonprofit

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  Initially, DeKalb County resident Carolyn Watson had no idea who NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is—or how to pronounce his last name. However, after Kaepernick donated $25,000 to her Lithonia-based charity Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure (HOME), she knows.  As a part of Kaepernick’s $1 million pledge to donate to organizations that fight oppression through education […]

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‘Furever’ home

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Local shelter hopes to adopt 400 pets in June The months of June and July could be quite hectic for DeKalb County’s Lifeline Animal Project. The nonprofit organization that owns shelters in Decatur and Avondale Estates will be moving into a new facility in July.  However, before the move the shelter will try to find […]

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Development taking shape after signing tenants

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A Decatur-based development is beginning to take shape after S.J. Collins Enterprises, a commercial real estate development firm, signed its first tenants.  North Decatur Square, located at Church Street and North Decatur Road, signed some of its first tenants including Avalon Nail Spa, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Club Pilates, gusto! Wood Fire Grill, Hollywood Feed, […]

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Judge upholds Governor’s investigation into Sheriff Mann

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  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann made his first court appearance after allegedly exposing himself to an officer in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on May 6.   Mann and his attorney, Noah Pines, appeared in a Fulton County Superior Court on May 31 to request halting Gov. Nathan Deal‘s executive order to investigate the sheriff under […]

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Sheriff Mann suspends himself from office

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  DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann has suspended himself from office nearly three weeks after he was arrested in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park for indecent exposure and obstruction.  The self-imposed suspension will last one week starting May 27 and ending June 4.  According to a DeKalb Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the letter was an internal memorandum and […]

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Obama responds to Sunday school class

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When long-time Sunday school teacher Clara Redmond had her class write then United States President Barack Obama, she didn’t know what to expect.  Redmond’s class wrote nearly 25 letters to the first Black president in U.S. history, and to everyone’s surprise—he wrote back.  Redmond, a Sunday school teacher at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Decatur, […]

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Deja vu for DeKalb Medical protesters

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A group gathered outside of DeKalb Medical Center (DMC) in Decatur to protest policy changes, something which seemed eerily familiar to some of the demonstrators.  Last August, mothers voiced their concerns after DMC temporarily suspended water birthing. This year, protesters find themselves in a similar fight after the privileges of Brad Bootstaylor, a delivery doctor […]

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